Summer is off to a good start in Council District 9 with the re-opening of Vermont Square Park and Central Park Pool in South Los Angeles. On June 9 and 10, I was joined by hundreds of enthusiastic parents and bright-eyed, smiling children to welcome the latest upgrades to both parks.
Community members came out in droves on June 9 to check out the improvements at Vermont Square Park, which include the installation of new playground equipment, barbeque pits, benches, trash receptacles, drinking fountain, new fitness equipment and refurbished basketball court.
The newly renovated park serves an estimated 11,031 residents within a one-half mile walking distance. This open green space is situated directly across the street from Vermont Square Public Library.
On June 10, residents took a dip in the newly renovated, neighborhood pool at Central Park, which had been closed for 12 years. The Central Recreation Center Pool—at 1357 E. 22nd St., between Washington and Adams—was damaged in the 1994 Northridge earthquake and closed its doors in 2004. Two years ago, Central pool began a multi-million dollar renovation to the 63-hundred square foot pool that now includes a children’s splash area.
To mark the festive occasion, nearly 100 residents attended an end-of-school-year pool party at Central Park—organized by my office. With the re-opening of Central Pool, the approximately 11,474 residents the facility serves in this South Los Angeles community now have a beautiful neighborhood pool for youth and adults to enjoy.
The pool is open all summer long and kids get in for free, adults can join for $3.50, and seniors only have to pay $1. In addition, Kaiser Permanente’s Operation Splash is offering free swim lessons for children and adults, and the LA84 Foundation is funding youth summer aquatics programs, including synchronized swim all summer long.
Since taking office in 2013, I have committed more than $36 million in improvements and upgrades across 16 of the District’s local parks, and there are many future projects in the pipeline.